Groups announce Veterans Day events

Numerous special ceremonies and events are planned in the area to honor local veterans on Veterans Day.


The Avis Veterans Memorial Park Dedication Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Veterans Park, located at the eastern end of the borough on Central Avenue. The veterans’ tribute was planned by the Avis Area Recreation Association, while inspiration for the Veterans Wall and Veterans Park began with the late William Norman and was completed by his family. Attendees for the ceremony are asked to park at the Avis Fire company parking lot and will be transported to the Veterans Park by bus at 9:45 a.m. The ceremony will be followed by a chicken and biscuit dinner free to area veterans and a guest at noon at the Avis Volunteer Fire Company.

The Avis Elementary School in Jersey Shore School District will be hosting a veteran’s day event on Friday, Nov. 11th at 7:45 a.m.  Local veterans will be coming to the school and the student body will gather around the flag pole outside to see the raising and lowering of the flag and say the Pledge of Allegiance. Following the outside ceremony, veterans will meet with 5th graders and explain the history of the flag, how to properly fold the flag, and flag etiquette.


The Fourteenth Annual Veterans Day Prayer for America Service will be held on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Jersey Shore Presbyterian Church, 235 S. Main St., Jersey Shore. Fair Play Brass will start the event at 6:30 p.m. Led by the Jersey Shore Ministerium, it will once again feature the honor guard, scriptures, prayers, patriotic hymns and special music by the Fair Play Brass, a multi-church choir, and others. Everyone is invited to join the prayer service and say “thank you” to God for our veterans, our freedom, and our country, and ask God to bless those serving now, our leaders, and our country and world.


The public is invited to attend LHU’s second Veteran’s Benefits Expo to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Student Recreation Center at Lock Haven University. Come out and explore all of the benefits and services available to area veterans and their dependents. You may also find opportunities to get involved to help support our local veterans. The expo will feature guest speakers at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Numerous vendors will be onsite to discuss their services, including the VFW Benefit Center, Canine Partners for Life, Veteran Multi-Service Center, Centre/Clinton County P.A. Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs, Horses of Hope, and many more. The event will be held indoors, rain or shine. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

A Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at  Lock Haven University Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center, 10 Susquehanna Ave., Lock Haven, at 11a.m. Friday, Nov. 11.  The Clinton County Veterans Affairs office and Lock Haven University will honor local veterans. For information call 570-893-4339.

Lock Haven VFW will hold a Veterans Ceremony and Building Dedication at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at 1110 E. Water St., Lock Haven. The Bland J. Rossman VFW Post 1630 will dedicate its recently-opened Hall of Honor in memory of local veteran, the late John Russo. The Post will also unveil their Wall of Honor, which recognizes local veterans.

The Salvation Army, 119 Grove St., Lock Haven, will be offering a free lunch to honor local veterans on Friday, Nov. 11 at 11:30 a.m. Please call the office to let them know if you will be attending: 570-748-2951.


St. Mark Lutheran Church will observe Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11 with free coffee, doughnuts and conversation in the fellowship room from 7 to 11 a.m. The church invites veterans and family members of deceased veterans to join them. St. Mark is at 850 Snydertown Road, off Route 64, between Lamar and Hublersburg. Questions may be addressed by calling 814-383-4882.


The Friendship Community Center in Beech Creek offers a Veterans Appreciation Breakfast of coffee and sweets on Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. The breakfast is free to veterans and guests.

The Beech Creek Legion Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring a free veterans breakfast buffet on Sunday, Nov. 13 from 7 to 11 a.m. in the dining room at the Legion. This breakfast is to honor our area veterans for the service they’ve provided. All area veterans are invited and may bring a guest.


Bucktail Middle/Senior High School will host its annual Veterans Day Assembly Program on Friday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. in the high school gymnasium. The theme of the assembly this year is “Courage.” The community is invited to join the school as the students and other area residents remember all those who have fought and served to protect and defend our country and will continue to preserve the American way of life.